Parability advocate Jan Cocks is on a world-wide crusade. She wants to change the way we speak about those with a disability.
Jan wants to change two words - disabled and disability - to "para-abled" and "parability", world-wide.
Jan speaks about the issue on this video: https://tinyurl.com/yatrfpdp - saying language must move with the times.
“The mindset and perception surrounding people with a disability is stuck in the 18th century, and the only way to change that is to adjust our language,” she says.
“The word para means beside; adjacent to, as used in Paralympics.We need to be recognised for the abilities we have.”
Jan wants everybody, including the media, to start using these positive words from today.
Jan suffered a stroke at the age of 10 months. This affected the use of her right hand and right foot. She also suffers from a chronic lung disease. She is an inspirational speaker and disability - now parability - awareness educator. Jan has achieved so much in her life, including meeting the Beatles when they visited Adelaide in 1964.
She also teaches businesses how to better interact with para-abled people.
Jan’s ultimate aim is to one day open the dictionary and see the words Para-abled and Parability under P.
Jan is available for television, radio, print and online interviews on request.
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